Praxis I® Overview

What Are the Praxis I® Tests?

The Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) measure basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics and include multiple-choice questions and an essay question on the Writing test. The tests are designed to evaluate whether you have the academic skills needed to prepare for a career in education.

Who Takes the Tests and Why?

Colleges and universities may use the Praxis I tests to evaluate individuals for entry into teacher education programs. The assessments are generally taken early in your college career. Many states also require Praxis I scores as part of their teacher licensing process.

How Are the Praxis I Tests Given?

The Praxis I tests are delivered in both computer and paper formats. They are administered through an international network of test centers, which includes some universities, high schools, Prometric Testing Centers and other locations throughout the world.

Praxis™ tests are only given in English. If you are a test taker whose primary language is not English (PLNE), you may be eligible for extended testing time. Test takers who qualify for PLNE accommodations may take Praxis I tests on all test dates at pre-established test centers.

Which Tests Should I Take?

The test(s) you take depend(s) on your state or licensing agency's requirements for the teaching discipline you are pursuing. Each state or agency that uses the Praxis tests sets its own requirements for which tests you must take and the associated passing scores.

Before you register for a test, confirm your state or agency's testing requirements.

How Can I Prepare for the Tests?

Review the following materials to help you prepare for the Praxis I tests:

The Praxis Series™ Information Bulletin — provides information on registration, test day procedures and score reporting.

Praxis test preparation materials — provide detailed study tools, including practice tests for Praxis I tests.

Should I Guess?

All test takers receive a score regardless of the number of questions answered or the type of test. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly, with no penalty or subtraction for answering a question incorrectly. It is to your advantage to pace yourself so that you have enough time to carefully consider every question.

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